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Joe T. Patterson and the White South's DilemmaEvolving Resistance to Black Advancement$
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Robert E., Jr. Luckett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802699

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802699.001.0001

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The Segregationist’s Adjustment

The Segregationist’s Adjustment

(p.213) Conclusion The Segregationist’s Adjustment
Joe T. Patterson and the White South's Dilemma

Robert E. Luckett

University Press of Mississippi

This conclusion discusses Joe T. Patterson's legacy of practical segregation, focusing on its role in Mississippi's official efforts to maintain its tradition of white supremacy. It argues that over the course of his life and career, Patterson never deserted his belief in Jim Crow, doing everything he could as attorney general to defend white power and never caving in to the pressures of the civil rights movement. For African Americans in Mississippi, the difference between Patterson and the vocal white opposition to him was minimal. In regards to James Meredith's desegregation of the University of Mississippi, Patterson insisted that he did not concede that the school has become an integrated institution. In the long run, Patterson proved to be more effective in “strategic accommodation” of the civil rights movement and practical segregation. Segregated public schools in the state stood for almost a year after Patterson's death in 1969.

Keywords:   practical segregation, Joe T. Patterson, Mississippi, white supremacy, Jim Crow, white power, civil rights movement, African Americans, James Meredith, desegregation

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